COUNCIL chiefs are seeking an “enthusiastic” head teacher to take up a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” at a primary school on an island with just 28 residents.

The island of Foula, which is 4.9 square miles, lies approximately 16 miles west of the main island at Shetland.

The island is currently looking for a head teacher for its primary school – where there are four pupils with another youngster at the nursery there.

Shetland Island Council said applicants for the job will find a “welcoming community” on Foula where they can “create an idyllic island home”.

The post has a salary of £61,374 per annum, with this including a distant islands allowance of £2397 per annum and a remote school allowance of £3237 per annum.

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The island is located 16 miles west of Shetland's main isle

There is also a rented three-bedroomed home, which is made available to the headteacher, the advert states.

Advertising the post, Shetland Islands Council said: “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an enthusiastic headteacher to work in Foula.”

It states it is looking for a head teacher or aspiring headteacher who is “looking for an exciting new challenge” to be “part of a friendly, dynamic island community with a slower pace of life”.

Those interested have until June 6 to apply for the post.